Degenerative Myelopathy DM2019-02-12T00:10:09+00:00

Test Name: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Description: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs; loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs, weakness, dragging feet, and, as it progresses, loss of urinary and fecal continence. This is not a painful disease.

Testing organization:   Liz Hansen at the University of Missouri should be contacted if you or your vet suspect your Collie has DM.

Regular Price:  $50.00 for dogs showing clinical signs with blood sample sent directly to the University of Missouri lab or you can do CHIC DNA Banking and email Liz Hanzen to let her know the sample  is on it’s way.

Method and Test Ordering Instructions: This is one of the tests now covered by the Optimal Selection Canine Genetic Analysis test.  The cost of the test is $129 with a $90 rebate, or adding CEA approximately $154 with a $110 rebate.

Direct questions to: HansenL@missouri.edu

For information about DM testing: University of Missouri 

To purchase the Optimal Selection test use the link below:

Optimal Selection Canine Genetic Analysis


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